Pool update Sunday 22nd June 2014

We had to choose one of the hottest weeks of the year so far to start installing our pool, when actually all we want to do is swim in the thing, all around us i can hear neighbours kids jumping in their pools and splashing around and cooling off.

But no, not for us just yet, for us it was three days of hard slog, after the first day when the pool was dug out and we worked all day under the sweltering sun, we realised we couldn’t do that again, so we decided to do as the French labourers do and get up at the crack of dawn work until 10.30am and then do work inside as the sun starts getting fierce. A good long lunch, a siesta and then work from 5.30pm until 10pm.

It dosnt look like it from the photos but we have managed to get so much done, taking into account that even though we had a digger to do the hard work, after we had constructed the pool frame we realised we needed more room to work around it, so had to dig out the sides by hand some help from an invaluable hand drill Kev’s mum and Ian bought us. it was great at  cracking away the stone, and there was a lot of stone which is good as its a solid foundation but bloody hard work to drill through.

So here are some pics of what we have done so far.

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2 thoughts on “Pool update Sunday 22nd June 2014

  1. Bruce Balsom

    My wife and I have had all the emotional ups and downs that you have gone through at more or less the same time – January 2013 up until the present. What lead me to your site was ‘Gayraud’.
    We are about to move in this month, the house has so much potential and the view – the view! Our moving from the UK has taken a little longer than yours and we are still being shoved through hoops and still clambering over fences.
    The life style the wine,freshly picked strawberries, cherries and now apricots, the profusion of wildlife make up for all of these problems

    • Hi Bruce
      Lovely to hear from you and thanks for joining our blog.
      Our families back home love to be part of the adventure and keep up with all the news and our ups and downs, more ups than downs i have to say and even when the downs get you down there is a big glass of rose and a plate of cheese to sooth you, and hopefully soon our new pool to dip in.
      You mentioned that Gayraud led you to our site, are you moving into that amazing house?
      We fell in love with that house just by the photos on the internet and as you may have already read on the blog flew over the next day to take a look and it didn’t disappoint. The views as you have said are truly stunning and yes it has so much potential.
      It was top of our list for so long, right up until we found our home in Fayssac and met all the fabulous people in the village and discovered our cafe which is so handy to have.
      We wish you every happiness in your new home and I’m sure all the hoops gone through and fences you have had to overcome will be worth it.
      If we can be of any help at all, even if its just pointing you in the right direction for suppliers etc please do not hesitate to ask us, we have been so lucky as our estate agent and mayor have been a constant source of knowledge and wisdom.
      May i ask which agent you are using? We were shown around by a lovely lady called Jenny Small from Baccus she was really great and helped us a lot with advice and contacts.
      Good luck and enjoy your new life in France, we are loving it.
      Best Regards

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